Team / Partners

Hi there! Meet Team Gramarye….

Gramarye Media has assembled a very experienced team of A-List veteran industry experts to help us select content, budget efficiently, and ensure smooth, professional productions. We’ve also put together an entire ecosystem of partner companies. Their expertise helps us with:

  • Content incubation and mentorship.
  • Licensing and merchandise partnerships.
  • Extensive budget review and due diligence by experienced Production Advisors.
  • Review and development of a project’s marketing and distribution plan by experienced production and financing executives who combined have financed more than 100 film and television projects.

Leadership Team

John Adcox

Chief Executive Officer

Over the course of a 20-year career in advertising, marketing, and new media John Adcox has held a number of titles including Executive Producer, Vice President of Digital Media, Creative Director, Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services, and CEO. A few of his clients have included AT&T, Mercedes-Benz, Holiday Inn, Coca-Cola, UPS, SCANA, AutoTrader.com, Time Warner, Disney, Delta Air Lines, 3M, Ford, and many more.

In addition, he has hosted a radio show, acted professionally (although not since age 15), designed and written scripts for games, written a play for a professional theatre company, taught university astronomy, and written articles on topics including mythology, psychology, technology, religion, and marketing strategy.

John served for more than four years as the Lay Leader and Council Chair at Inman Park United Methodist Church. His many, many interests include books and literature, religion and philosophy, mythology, the Arthurian legends, travel, baseball, science fiction and fantasy, marketing communications, Celtic music and lore, new media, theatre, and politics, not to mention astronomy and cosmological physics.

John is now concentrating on storytelling—he is the author of Blackthorne Faire and other novels, and he has a screenplay in development. Meanwhile, he maintains a laser focus on Gramarye Media and its publishing, film and television content development, production, and distribution arms.

Alice Neuhauser

President

Alice P. Neuhauser has a broad range of entertainment experience in financial management, establishment and oversight of corporate, legal and accounting procedures, and business development and strategic planning. From successfully developing a major commercial real estate project to assisting lenders in maximizing the value of distressed assets to managing the day-to-day operations of independent film companies, Alice has demonstrated entrepreneurial success in maximizing effort and investment by finding opportunities to utilize both existing studio structures and independent constructs.

Over the course of her career, Alice has managed project financing for motion pictures ranging in budget from $2 million to $100 million each, totaling over half a billion dollars.  Such financings included some of the largest independently financed pictures including Terminator 2 (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Cliffhanger (starring Sylvester Stallone).  More recently, Alice coordinated the bank financing of produced pictures including Oscar-nominated 3:10 to Yuma (starring Russell Crowe), The Forbidden Kingdom (with Jackie Chan and Jet Li), The Bank Job, Brothers, A Perfect Getaway, Nine, Spy Next Door, Dear John, Season of the Witch, The Fighter (starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg), Limitless (starring Bradley Cooper), Haywire, The Immortals, Mirror, Mirror (starring Julia Roberts), 21 & Over, Movie 43, Safe Haven and Out of the Furnace.  Alice also managed two $100 million revolving film production credit facilities with two separate syndicates of banks, which helped finance such movies as Basic Instinct (starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone) and Total Recall (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone).

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Don Dudenhoeffer

Chief Creative Officer

Don’s professional experience has been an extensive voyage into the world of advanced interactive media. He’s spent most of his career on the front lines of the new media space working with emerging technologies in Interactive TV, mobile devices, video distribution, and broadband Web applications. In Don’s eleven years of creative design and implementation, his work has focused on creating forward thinking applications that aid large media companies in their pursuit of the future of media often targeting multi-screen experiences.

Don led the design team that was awarded the first ever Emmy in Interactive Television for the creation of an Interactive TV application enhancing the HBO Band of Brothers experience. He also led the effort to design and build CNN’s Pipeline and the Washington Redskins experiences for Media Center and Intel’s Viiv initiative. Don has participated in the incubation, testing and launch of many new interactive products ranging from a wireless traffic guidance system, desktop applications (TWC Desktop Weather), browser plug-ins, widgets, and new forms of digital video collection, encoding, and distribution.

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Irtaza Barlas

Chief Technology Officer

Irtaza Barlas brings more than 20 years of diverse technology and product development experience to Gramarye. He is currently the Director of Software Engineering of a very successful healthcare IT company in Georgia. He was also the Program Manager at Impact Technologies, where he led the research and development efforts associated with advanced computing, image analysis, and data mining systems for the industry and the US Department of Defense.

Irtaza was the architect and Principle Investigator on a multi-year research program on “Self-Aware Processing Systems” for DARPA. Irtaza worked with Raytheon and Georgia Tech to develop technologies for monitoring and real-time reconfiguration. His other DoD research programs include datamining and visualization for US Navy, distributed monitoring of Virginia Class Submarine Combat Systems, and Multi-agent Distributed Data Fusion for Unmanned Surface Vehicles for Office of Naval Research. Impact Technologies was acquired in 2011 by United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation—and is now a Sikorsky Innovations company.

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Christopher Golden

Senior Creative Executive & Development Editor

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Snowblind, Ararat, The Boys are Back in Town, Tin Men, Of Saints and Shadows, and dozens of other novels. He has also written books for teens, including the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Readers. With Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, he co-created two fan favorite comic book series — Joe Golem: Occult Detective, and the New York Times bestselling Baltimore. With Thomas E. Sniegoski, he is the co-author of multiple novels, as well as comic book miniseries such as Talent and The Sisterhood, both currently in development as feature films. With Amber Benson, Christopher co-created the BBC’s online animated series Ghosts of Albion and co-wrote the book series of the same name.

Chris has also written short stories, video games, dozens of other comic books and graphic novels, a BBC radio play, and screenplays. He has adapted his own work for Fox, New Regency, Constantin Films, and the CW, and is one of the writers of the 2019 film reboot of Hellboy. He is also an editor, anthologist, lecturer, and keynote speaker who has appeared at conferences, schools, and libraries from Dallas to London to Transylvania (really).

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Arthur Stepanyan

Executive Director, Blockchain

In a professional career that has spanned more than 35 years, Arthur Stepanyan has been fortunate to meet, work with, and learn from captains of industry and government leaders from all over the world. Through these interactions, Arthur became intimately familiar with such diverse industry verticals as aerospace, automotive, metallurgy, oil and gas exploration and production, microelectronics, tele-communications, and nuclear energy — all seen through essential principles of business, finance, and law.

As an international business consultant, Arthur was involved in Chevron’s mega-JV in Kazakhstan, in Kaiser Aluminum technology transfer projects, in International Launch System’s commercial satellite launches, and in US DOE’s IPP/NCI programs.

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Suresh Sharma

Business Advisor

Suresh is a proven entrepreneur, innovator, and a global business creator. A clear thought-leader, he is known for translating vision into reality through team building, operational execution, and optimal use of resources. A former GE executive, he exemplifies a rare combination of hands-on technology and business leadership. Suresh is widely published and cited not only for his peer-reviewed technical journal papers but also equally well known for his internationally acclaimed business books on innovation and entrepreneurship (“The 3rd American Dream”, 2014), and global sourcing (2005).

 

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Legal Representation by:

Incubation Mentors

Candice Alger

• Founder/CEO, Giant Studios
• Executive Producer of Motion Capture Effects on Avatar, The Lord of the Rings, Warcraft, and more

Peter Miller

• Literary and Screen Agent
• Author Promotion/Platform Coach
• Executive Producer

Chris Soth

• Screenwriter (Firestorm)
• Author and Filmmaker
• Screenwriting Consultant
• Member of the WGAw
• MFA from USC

Lou Aronica

• Founded Spectra at 
Bantam Books
• Publisher at Berkley & Avon
• Founded The Story Plant
• Award-winning Author/Editor

James A. Moore

• NYT Best-selling Author
• Game Writer
• Comic Book Writer

Paul Jenkins

• Novelist
• Award-winning comic writer
• Editor
• Game, Screen, and Television writer
• Educator

Our Partners

RoadShow Equity Partners will invest in 10 to 12 film and television productions over a five-year period. The Funds will invest between $500,000 to $2,000,000 on either a “first in” or co-investment basis in independent productions. RoadShow’s model is designed to protect investors. By investing in a slate of films, the Investor avoids the risk that comes with the “one and done” approach.

The traditional Hollywood system has routinely paid investors after everyone else has been paid. As a result, investors have waited years, at best, for their returns. RoadShow is committed to ensuring that Investors are the “first in” and “first out” position. The Fund will be in first position profit participation derived from worldwide exploitation. Unlike the large studio model, the Fund has no internal overhead charges or fees that push back recoupment and profit participation.

The Fund is expected to receive a preferred return of 20 percent and thereafter 50 percent on-going participation in all net revenue generated in the subsequent years of exploitation. As a result, successful productions generate returns to investors for decades.

Gramarye Media was one of the very few companies lucky enough to participate in Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint, one of the world’s most successful and prestigious business accelerators.

Flashpoint works closely with founders to enable them to think clearly about their businesses, using rigorous processes to enable reliable innovation. It is unique in implementing startup engineering, a business creation and innovation process developed by Dr. Merrick Furst at Georgia Tech. Its companies have attracted more than $150 million in commitments from angels and investors and have a market cap of over $800 million.

Startup Engineering is a program and framework for finding genuine unmet demand and building scalable companies to satisfy it.

Startup engineers take a “problem first” approach to identify inadequately addressed pain in their customer’s personal or professional lives. They generate theories about customer improvement goals and the constraints that prevent existing solutions from meeting them. They work toward actionable truth by testing to disconfirm their theories, modifying them, and retesting. They prioritize and gauge progress through a framework of understanding, bounding, and reducing the risks that all early stage companies face.

Gramarye Media also partners with the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) at Georgia State University to apply innovative technology to reduce the cost of film and television productions.

The CMII, arguably the single most advanced virtual production facility on the planet, features Virtual production to support live performances driving 3D characters in virtual worlds, layering virtual characters and objects over real world environments, an augmented Reality CAVE Lab, a walking VR Lab, best-in-Class Editing, Color-Correction, and Post-Production Suites, “Lagless” Music and Dialog Recording, and more.

Our sister company, ConcentraQ, helps power Gramarye’s powerful social media and tracking capability. ConcentraQ is a cloud-based software platform that allows marketing and brand management teams to quickly design and launch highly personalized campaigns to inspire, incent, and empower consumers to become champions for their brand.

In short, ConcentraQ maximizes social endorsement and brand visibility, beyond what can be achieved through traditional marketing channels. With ConcentraQ, marketers can guide the conversation and identify (and potentially reward) their brand’s most significant individual influencers. The result? Faster, more agile promotional campaigns leading to:

  • Deeper brand affinity, stronger bonds with current and potential customers
  • More compelling personal, unpaid endorsements and buzz
  • Significantly increased brand visibility
  • More precisely-targeted promotion budgets and properly-attributed ROI

ConcentraQ enables real visibility into social influence and endorsement activities from the ground up — starting at the individual consumer level. It provides tools for brand marketers that seamlessly integrate into promotions, giving prospects and customers the opportunity to easily endorse brands/products within in their social spaces.

The Story Plant was founded in 2008 by two long-term industry professionals, Lou Aronica and Peter Miller. From the start, the company has been dedicated to publishing quality fiction and to developing authors. Though we’re always trying to improve, we feel that we’ve delivered on both. Our books regularly receive rave reviews (click on any of our titles to check for yourself) and since our launch, nearly a third of our novels have appeared in the top 100 of one major bestseller list or another – and often several at once.

In 2013, The Story Plant was acquired by Studio Digital CT, LLC, a limited liability company headed by Lou Aronica. With this, Mitchell Maxwell came on board to add his unparalleled blend of creativity, passion, and business acumen.

The Story Plant has an absolute dedication to its authors. Both Aronica and Maxwell are novelists as well, and they understand the desires, needs, and insecurities of writers at the most personal level. We want The Story Plant to be a good home for those who write for us, and we want it to be a place where readers can be assured that everyone involved in bringing these books to them cares deeply about what they’re doing.